And while the majority can be viewed inside glass cabinets (labelled with their scientific name), there are many on display that can be handled too, making the museum a perfect stop-off for adults and children.
For little beach lovers, the collection certainly won't disappoint. Our two wannabe mermaid princesses loved all the new shell discoveries they saw. But, of course, the standout was holding the various shells on the touch-table and raising each to their ears to "hear" the ocean calling.
The museum is in the heart of Inverloch town and a short stroll to the beach and an adventure playground. It's open from 10am-4pm Friday-Monday, daily during school holidays and on public holidays. A small admission fee applies (we paid $5 for a family).